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Generation X parents outshine Baby Boomers
The Plain Dealer ^ | 9/6/04 | Laura DeMarco

Posted on 09/07/2004 8:49:33 AM PDT by qam1

Group called slackers embraces family

In the 1990s they were derided as cynical slackers. They were mocked in pop culture as lazy, selfish types who would rather spend their time moping in overpriced coffee shops than moving into adulthood.

But Generation X is all grown up now - and having children.

And when reality finally did bite the 60 million Americans born between 1965 and '79, they didn't react as might be expected. Gen-Xers are embracing family life with a vigor not seen in baby-boomers.

Generation-X includes more stay-at-home dads, fathers working from home and dads cutting back long hours than previous generations, say analysts.

Gen-X moms are distinguishing themselves from baby-boomers by embracing traditional roles. Though they're more college-educated than any previous generation, more Generation-X moms than boomers are staying home or working part time.

Xers' focus on home life shows up in several more parenting trends: they make financial sacrifices in exchange for family time; they're increasingly discipline-oriented; and they let their kids just have fun.

In part this is a reaction to their background, say sociologists. Their childhood was a time of personal and political upheaval. Xers were the first generation with large numbers raised in broken homes. Almost one-third had divorced parents, compared with 13 percent of boomers, according to the Yankelovich research analysis firm. Nearly half of all Xers had working moms. Before they were labeled slackers, they were latchkey kids.

Now Generation-Xers have become homebodies. And they're raising more than half of all children under 18 in the United States, some 40 million kids.

Fathers more involved

Three years ago, Ellen Barrett, program director for the Heights Parent Center, noticed more men coming to the Cleveland Heights gathering Place.

"In the last three years, we've really had a surge of dads, and not just dads who happen to have the day off or who are home on vacation," she says.

The center now has a busy father's play group with about 40 members, most in their late 20s to mid 30s, that meets several times a month.

The last decade has brought significant changes in the roles of fathers, says James Chung, president of Boston-based Reach Advisors. The company recently released the first major study on Generation X parenting. Titled "From Grunge to Grown Up," it surveyed 3,020 Gen-X and baby boom parents nationwide.

According to the study, 48 percent of Gen-X fathers spend three to six hours per week on child rearing, versus 39 percent of boomer dads. Forty-seven percent of Xers wish they could spend more time with their children, compared to 36 percent of boomers.

The number of stay-at-home dads has jumped 18 percent since 1994, to 189,000 in 2002, according to the Census Bureau.

For Parma resident John Benson, 35, and wife Maria, 36, the decision to swap roles was a financial one. As a writer, Benson could work from home while taking care of their 1- and 3-year-old sons, unlike his wife, who works in accounting.

But the choice was also based on his childhood.

"I was a latchkey kid, and I don't want my kids to be latchkey kids," he says.

That's a common denominator among many Gen-X parents.

"Gen-Xers grew up in the aftermath of a time of much social upheaval, in an era of rapidly increasing divorce rates and mothers rapidly re-entering the work force," says Chung. "Some of them want to raise their families different from the way they grew up."

Bernard Carl Rosen, professor emeritus of sociology at Cornell University and author of "Masks and Mirrors: Generation X and the Chameleon Personality," says it's not just family history that's influencing Xers.

"Generation X is far more insecure than boomers. Their family situation was a bad one, the economy was not in good shape when they were growing up, they've seen a lot of betrayal by politicians. The world they grew up in felt very fragile."

But mom still the anchor

When one parent does stay at home, it's still more often the mother. What's different is that though there are now more college-educated women among Xers, there also has been an increase in mothers staying at home and working part time.

Census figures found that 10.6 million children under 15 in two-parent homes were being raised by stay-at-home moms in 2002, a 13 percent increase from the previous decade.

Twenty-five percent of Gen-X moms spend 12-plus hours a day on child rearing, according to Reach, more than double that of boomer moms. (Even when boomer children were as young as the Xers' kids, moms spent less time with them, says Chung.)

Cleveland Heights stay-at-home mom Andrea Lynn, 32, says she had long planned to quit working as a librarian when she had children. A past nanny job helped make up her mind.

"I saw what the working two-parent household was like and I didn't want that," says the mother of a 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. "It's too hard to have everything."

Many women are coming to that conclusion.

The number of professional women working part time - by choice - has risen 17 percent from 1994, to 2.9 million according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In part, this is due to the fact that Gen-Xers feel less loyalty to one company than past generations did. Women today also don't feel like they have to prove themselves as much as boomers did - it's a given they can have a career if they want it.

"I knew working full time wasn't going to work out after the birth of my third child," says Bay Village resident Amy Hannum, 33, mother of a 7-year-old son and 5- and 3-year-old daughters. She works three days a week as a development writer at Oberlin College. "I wanted balance in my life."

Hannum plans to return to work full time when her youngest enters school, a career path similar to many Gen-X moms'. Only 16 percent of stay-at-home moms will not consider returning to work, says the Reach survey.

"Now there are more options for women," explains Chung.

Discipline returning

Choice comes with a price.

"I told my husband that even if we had to give up a car, I wanted to stay home," says Lynn. "He was very supportive."

Willingly making financial sacrifices is a common Gen-X parenting trait, notes Chung. But the cuts are aimed at parents, not children.

There is, however, one thing for their kids that they seem to be cutting back on: the permissiveness of many baby-boomer parents.

"A lot of boomer parents think they have to be friends and buddies with their kids," says Hannum. "A lot of Generation X parents have a good time with kids but have clear boundaries that they are the parents.

Adds Lynn, "You owe it to your kids to teach them how to behave and to have manners. I really believe in limits for kids."

For many, that includes lighter extracurricular schedules.

"There's less demand for enrichment activities" among Gen-X parents, says Chung. "The attitude is more 'let the kids be kids.' " ."

Such attitudes are natural for Gen-Xers, explains Rosen.

"They are very sensitive to other people's needs," he says. "To the boomer, the world was more or less fashioned to his or her needs, and that included children. I think Generation-X will make better parents than boomers."


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1 posted on 09/07/2004 8:49:33 AM PDT by qam1
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; malakhi; m18436572; ...
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Ping list for the discussion of the politics and social aspects that directly effects Gen-Reagan/Generation-X (Those born from 1965-1981) including all the spending previous generations (i.e. The Baby Boomers) are doing that Gen-X and Y will end up paying for.

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2 posted on 09/07/2004 8:50:25 AM PDT by qam1 (McGreevy likes his butts his way, I like mine my way - so NO SMOKING BANS in New Jersey)
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To: qam1

Cool, this is me.

Personally, I notice a big difference in parents my age (34)from parents that are just 10 years older.


3 posted on 09/07/2004 8:53:44 AM PDT by MaineRepublic
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To: MaineRepublic
Cool, this is me.

Personally, I notice a big difference in parents my age (34)from parents that are just 10 years older.

Mega-dittos.

4 posted on 09/07/2004 9:00:15 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" - Hillary Clinton)
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To: qam1

As a gen X'er who was into the grunge thing, I can relate to this article. I am now in the corporate world with a three month old son and my entire outlook has changed. Spending time with him, and sharing the responsibility for caring for him with my wife are my utmost concerns. My wife and I combined made well over $100,000 last year, now she's a stay at home mom and we will be making considerably less. But you know what? He's worth it make sure that a stranger doesn't raise my child. It's the only way we can be sure he's raised with the right set of beliefs.


5 posted on 09/07/2004 9:01:11 AM PDT by CrazyJoeDivola
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To: qam1

Add my beautiful Gen-X wife to the list.


6 posted on 09/07/2004 9:03:19 AM PDT by stevio (Sunset the Clinton '94 gun ban!)
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To: qam1

This is so great and I really see the difference! I am on the cusp of boomers and xers (born '62), but always identified more with xers. I'm a latch-key kid, stay home mom, who doesn't want to be friends with my kids,I don't schedule the hell out of them and I'm strict. Winning combo if you ask me.!!


7 posted on 09/07/2004 9:03:42 AM PDT by Wonderama
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To: qam1

As an aging boomer, I'm delighted by this news. Now get back to work and get ready to pay my social security. :-)


8 posted on 09/07/2004 9:03:59 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: MaineRepublic
Personally, I notice a big difference in parents my age (34)from parents that are just 10 years older.

As a boomer, I was just discussing with someone at work how the bulk of the problems in our country are caused by (some) members of our confused generation.

9 posted on 09/07/2004 9:04:20 AM PDT by bankwalker (We are having a cultural civil war and our side had better win it.)
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To: qam1
The stereotypical Baby Boomer just never grew up -- consequently they did not parent very well. All other generations have managed to grow up when their own children arrived.

Baby Boomers are a very strange anomaly. They are the Worst Generation (apologies to the many fine people who don't fit the stereotype).

10 posted on 09/07/2004 9:04:33 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I have two words for John Kerry: "YYYEEEEAAARRGGGHHHH!!!!")
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To: qam1

So... who's working?


11 posted on 09/07/2004 9:05:27 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: qam1

28 and a dad. Although my parents and the extended family are all Christian, military, and void of divorce.

Being a dad at 28 just makes me realize how happy I am to vote for Bush. Like I want Kerry to allow my kids to be killed.


12 posted on 09/07/2004 9:05:37 AM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: MaineRepublic

"Cool, this is me.

Personally, I notice a big difference in parents my age (34)from parents that are just 10 years older."

DITTO. My husband and I give up everything that's not a neccesity in life in order for me to stay home with our son. Sometimes it is hard but we know it's best in the bigger picture. Hubby is from a broken home but I'm not, and we both had working moms, although mine didn't work til I was 8. We just both want to be there as much as possible for our son and future children. Plus, IT'S FUN!!

Life's too short and no one ever wished for more "stuff" while they were on their death bed. We just threw a first birthday party for our son over the weekend and because we spent outside of our budget we will have to go without paying a bill or two this month. But I have to say the party was worth it - they only turn one once, right??


13 posted on 09/07/2004 9:06:29 AM PDT by rocky88 (" John Kerry has no such clear, precise and consistent vision." - Rudy Guiliani)
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To: qam1
Suddenly I am much more optimistic about the future. hmmm...
14 posted on 09/07/2004 9:07:04 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: qam1
This is definitely my family too. I am actually on the tail-end of the boomers, but my wife is an X-er. We made a concerted decision to raise the kids ourselves, and it's the greatest thing we've ever done. I actually stayed home and started my own on-line business when my son was 6 months old. My wife worked outside of the home because of her higher pay potential. Just now, my 5 year old just started 1st grade and my 7 year old 2nd, so I just started a new full time job. My wife can totally work her schedule around the kids school hours.
I can say that it has NOT always been easy. We were going to home school, until we found an incredible little Classical Christian School nearby, and that co$t more than we had sometimes. But it all worked out somehow. Now we can get back on the financial track and not sacrifice time with the kids.
Anyway, I'm thrilled to see this trend being documented. There is always hope...
15 posted on 09/07/2004 9:07:07 AM PDT by Edgar3 (Eat hot sauce on all of your food)
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
Yep. Sounds just like me. Glad to see my generation stepping up to the plate.

We took a 50% cut in income so my wife could stay home with our 4 (yeah, we've been busy) children. I'm 31 she's 29.

Our family is at the top of the priority list, not career. I'm determined to instill values im my kids before I make a pile of money.

You can't buy a love of virtue...

16 posted on 09/07/2004 9:09:59 AM PDT by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: qam1

This boomer agrees.


17 posted on 09/07/2004 9:11:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Patiently waiting for my official curmudgeon T-shirt.)
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To: qam1

I truly understand the resentment of the Gen Xer's to the stereotypical boomers - but not all of us are so bad. In fact this article describes my husband (1955) and I (1960) in very many ways. As well as most of our friends.

Our daughter is now in 1st grade and I am going to start looking for a part-time job. I willingly made the decision to move in order to give her a better education, knowing full well that the work I had done for more than 15 years would not only not be in demand, but totally non-existant in the area we chose to move.


18 posted on 09/07/2004 9:13:10 AM PDT by Gabz (HURRAY!!!!!!!! School started today!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Baby Boomers are a very strange anomaly. They are the Worst Generation (apologies to the many fine people who don't fit the stereotype).

While I'm heartened by this news, I think we've got to be careful with the generalities. I think its generally true that kids tend to mimic their parents values, which would mean that if this news is true there must have been a good number of boomer parents who raised their kids properly.

On the other hand, the times we live in probably have some positive effect - GenXers have the advantage of seeing the deleterious results of their parents' generation's licentiousness.

19 posted on 09/07/2004 9:14:08 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: qam1

Another example of generation X's refusal to participate in the economy in a meaningful way. Nothing like spending a Labor Day watching a Monty Python marathon with the kids. Get a job and grow up.


20 posted on 09/07/2004 9:17:21 AM PDT by bigeasy_70118
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
He's worth it make sure that a stranger doesn't raise my child. It's the only way we can be sure he's raised with the right set of beliefs.

We boomers grew up before people realized that a cadre of socialist ideologues was subverting the schools deliberately aiming to break the transmission of culture to the next generation and substitute their own. I can remember when even suggesting this was going on was enough to get you labeled "lunatic fringe". They tried to keep it under wraps in the Sixties, but these days, it's right out front and on parade.

You Xers, knowing instinctively that something precious has been lost, have now set yourselves well on the way to recovering it.

21 posted on 09/07/2004 9:19:07 AM PDT by thulldud (It's bad luck to be superstitious.)
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To: qam1

ping


22 posted on 09/07/2004 9:20:54 AM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Kerry/Edwards. Between the two of them, I'd be safer with a slimy spitball.)
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To: qam1

Great article.

I'll be the half of the couple who has the much higher earning potential, but in a field where I cannot consult or otherwise work at home. Meanwhile my husband will be more able to work part time from home. It may not be possible for when we plan to have our first child, but good daycare is just so expensive for multiple kids that we will do our hardest to let him be a stay at home dad when we're blessed with children.

We both are at the tail end of Gen-X, both from loving, intact families where both parents worked. I don't feel as if daycare was detrimental to me...I think it's sad that sometimes people assume that daycare is a horrid experience. There are really good centers around here, but they come at a steep price. So for us, it's really a financial consideration rather than a philosophical one.


23 posted on 09/07/2004 9:21:47 AM PDT by Rubber_Duckie_27
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To: skeeter
think its generally true that kids tend to mimic their parents values

I respectfully disagree. I think it is common for children to rebel a bit against their parents' values -- and they often gravitate to the values held by their grandparents. See the book "The Fourth Turning" for interesting generational studies of America.

24 posted on 09/07/2004 9:22:25 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I have two words for John Kerry: "YYYEEEEAAARRGGGHHHH!!!!")
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To: MaineRepublic

Cool! This is me, too. 35 years young (stay-at-home) mom to 5 month old twins...


25 posted on 09/07/2004 9:25:47 AM PDT by LibertyGrrrl (http://www.conservativepunk.com)
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To: qam1

As a Baby Boomer who never felt like one (born in "55), I, too,
grew up a latch-key kid in the '60's.

Today, I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom who feels she fits in better with Xers than any of the boomers I know.

I had thought this might happen with the generation of kids who grew up the way I did. Glad to see my hunch was right.

Parents who have not grown up as a lacth-key kid, have no idea what it is like.
I still remember when my daughter was little and I would drive past day care centers, I would just cry. All of those kids who will grow up knowing mom and dad had better things to do than be with them.


26 posted on 09/07/2004 9:26:17 AM PDT by TruthConquers (Dominus illuminatio mea)
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To: qam1
Generation-X includes more stay-at-home dads,
more Generation-X moms than boomers are staying home

Good grief.
The Nintendo Generation of couch potatoes are beginning to replicate.
When are the parents of these Gen-X slackers ever going to kick 'em out of the nest???

27 posted on 09/07/2004 9:29:20 AM PDT by Willie Green (Go Alan Go!!!)
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To: qam1

add me to the ping list....great article


28 posted on 09/07/2004 9:29:51 AM PDT by hilaryrhymeswithrich (Vote Catholic Not Kerry)
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To: qam1
The greatest thing to me about this article is I've seen this coming for a while.Born in 68 I can relate to my boomer parents wanting to be my friend and not really the disciplinarian that they needed to be. As far as my three girls (7,5,1) go I really try to make sure that they are well behaved and polite where ever they may go a lot of that training comes from my wife being home with the girls. I also love to take part in what they are doing be it their dance classes or homework.

Also the way that all my "X'er" friends are much more conservative than our parents were is encouraging.

29 posted on 09/07/2004 9:32:36 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (I'm mad as Zell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!)
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To: MaineRepublic

Yup, that is me as well. I'm also 34--my hubby is 8 yrs older, but he grew up in a traditional family situation--no divorce and youngest of seven children.


30 posted on 09/07/2004 9:37:35 AM PDT by cupcakes
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To: ClearCase_guy
I think it is common for children to rebel a bit against their parents' values

Your point is well taken - kids are naturally rebellious as they become increasingly independent.

I should have been a little more clear - I think its generally true that adults tend to mimic their parents' values.

31 posted on 09/07/2004 9:37:56 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
You obviously are not "crazy," Joe Divola.

Carolyn

32 posted on 09/07/2004 9:48:55 AM PDT by CDHart
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To: Edgar3; TalonDJ
Suddenly I am much more optimistic about the future. hmmm...

Anyway, I'm thrilled to see this trend being documented. There is always hope...

The future looks good, Obviously good parents = good kids -- See It's the morning after in America this looks like it's going to be a long term trend

33 posted on 09/07/2004 9:50:34 AM PDT by qam1 (McGreevy likes his butts his way, I like mine my way - so NO SMOKING BANS in New Jersey)
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To: qam1
I love being part of this generation, always have.

And to those that are complaining that we should all get off our butts and go to work - it just reinforces what this article is saying. We have different priorities - to us, family is more important than a fat check. Back to basics.

I would also like to point out that I recently read an article here about how youth these days actually respect their parents. I happen to have a 13 year old and can attest that, as strange as it may sound, my son falls into that category with ease. It seems to me in my feeble mind that paying attention to kids and giving them a strong upbringing actually may have payoffs in the long run.

34 posted on 09/07/2004 9:51:43 AM PDT by momfirst
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To: qam1

I see too many generalities in the article. It seems some people presume a status or condemn groups of people just because of the date on their birth certificate. A lot of it is contrived anyhow. I think the only significant difference is between the kids that were raised up pre TV and post TV. My brother was born in '41. His generation seemed generally better adjusted than my group born in the late 1950s. The kids born in the 60s, 70s and 80s shared with my age group the deleterious effects of the overpowering popular culture. The big difference between the kids of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were superficial like what no-talent popular musician was being forced upon us or what ugly clothing style was afflicting our particular age. This Generation X, Q and Z garbage sociology is just a reflection of a people with too much time on their hands.


35 posted on 09/07/2004 9:52:55 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: qam1
Interesting. This article describes both my wife and I to a very high degree. Being both born in 1961, we have been continually labeled as "late boomers". This is patently false. We are, without any doubt, "early Gen-Xer"s.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

36 posted on 09/07/2004 9:53:59 AM PDT by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: qam1

Ah yes, that may be the article I was recalling. Bravo X-ers! Keep up the good work!


37 posted on 09/07/2004 9:54:24 AM PDT by momfirst
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To: rhombus
As an aging boomer, I'm delighted by this news. Now get back to work and get ready to pay my social security.

That's why so many of us Gen-X young'ens are having only 1 parent work and getting by on less income -- We're making less money so there's less to tax and redistribute to old fogies and we're also waiting for enough of the baby boomers to die off or become senile so we can vote your socialist security, mediscare, prescription drug crap all right out from under you. Isn't majority rule wonderful?

38 posted on 09/07/2004 9:56:40 AM PDT by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Baby Boomers are a very strange anomaly. They are the Worst Generation (apologies to the many fine people who don't fit the stereotype).

I second that sentiment. I'm an X'er with two kids. The company I work for is far less important than the two of them. I don't see the same sentiment in boomers (as a group, since there are some great boomers among them).

39 posted on 09/07/2004 10:04:27 AM PDT by Rammer
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To: cupcakes

This confirms my observations. I'm the parent of two Boomers and one Gen Xer. The differences between them are stunning. The Boomers are selfish, arrogant, condescending, liberals who refused to have children. The GenXer is loving, generous and just became a father. I'm watching him with his baby and I'm amazed at his ability to care for her. The grandmas on both sides have stepped in to help her working Mom (teacher)by staying with the baby so she won't be raised by strangers. My son lives over his photography studio and is right near if he is needed. I see evidence of better parenting from the Genxers all around me. I say God bless em.


40 posted on 09/07/2004 10:06:54 AM PDT by WVNan
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To: thulldud

I agree. As a Boomer (DOB 1955) I cannot recall ever hearing about leftist subversion in the schools. In fact, I recall typical 1950s and early 1960s focus on the family, the church, the country, in short "duty, honor, country". Doing the right thing, honesty, right versus wrong, absolutes versus relatives, all that made America right and good. The Boomers turned on America, and I am ashamed of much of our generation. We are,indeed,overall the "Worst Generation", who have been aided and abetted by the Boomer leftist media, the so-called "professoriate", and the purported "entertainment" industry. I have hope that the activities and attitudes of GenX may serve to swing the cultural pendulum back toward the traditional values once held closelyby most Americans.


41 posted on 09/07/2004 10:09:34 AM PDT by astounded
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To: MaineRepublic

As a baby boomer... I will admit the X generation has got to do a better job than we did at raising them.
God Bless the x'ers
God Bless all generations, and I am sorry for the failures I did as a boomer.


42 posted on 09/07/2004 10:12:08 AM PDT by JFC
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To: bigeasy_70118

Was that sarcasm or just plain ol' stupidity?


43 posted on 09/07/2004 10:12:11 AM PDT by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: qam1

Way to go Generation X...


44 posted on 09/07/2004 10:14:05 AM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: bigeasy_70118

bigeasy_70118 wrote:


Another example of generation X's refusal to participate in the economy in a meaningful way. Nothing like spending a Labor Day watching a Monty Python marathon with the kids. Get a job and grow up.





You know what? There's some things in life that are more important than hauling down as much cash as you can before you die.

Spending time with the kids is one of them.

I stayed home with my daughter, and the difference between her and her yuppie-raised cousin is amazing.

My daughter is polite, has skills, ( 4-H family here) and has a sense of security that most kids don't have because she knows Mom or Dad are always there.


45 posted on 09/07/2004 10:19:31 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: xrp

Your post # 38:

ROFLMAO!


46 posted on 09/07/2004 10:21:58 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
I agree - while I pray every day for a conservative revival among the next generation, the dirtbags in the streets during the GOP convention were every bit as representative of the Gen Xers as the bug-bitten hippies were of the Boomers.

I do think conservatives have become alot more sophisticated in their ability to deal with the liberal threat, and its IMPOSSIBLE to understate the value of the New Media.

Folks under 30, try to imagine being a conservative growing up with no other source of news besides ABC, NBC, CBS and the NYT.

47 posted on 09/07/2004 10:24:14 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: thulldud

i think alot of us Xers who got into extreme sports, individualism and what not is a throw back for earlier times. once upon a time people went out and explored the world, found new places, set bars of achievements higher and higher, baby boomers had to live in the shadow of the "Greatest Generation," we didnt, but we have been inspired by the feats of our grandfathers and emulate them in our own ways. We were raised by our grandparents as much as our parents and baby sitters. i believe that once again the "Greatest Generation" has made a positive mark on our country.


48 posted on 09/07/2004 10:24:29 AM PDT by Docbarleypop (Navy Doc)
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To: qam1

Excellent article! I'm glad to see my wife and I are not in the minority. Please add me to your list. Thanks!


49 posted on 09/07/2004 10:32:21 AM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo
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To: qam1

Hey qaml! I think I fell off your Gen-X ping list. Put me back on!

This article defintely describes not just my relationship with my family but my friends too. No one I know well is divorced and most have a stay at home parent.

However, the article neglects to state that Gen-X was the first generation that could be killed by their mother legally.


50 posted on 09/07/2004 10:34:16 AM PDT by Incorrigible (immanentizing the eschaton)
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